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Man pleads guilty in deadly Denver shooting

Kennedy Lakics pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Brandon Ford.
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DENVER — The suspect charged in a deadly July 2022 shooting in a Denver condo unit pleaded guilty to a lesser murder charge on Thursday, court records show.

Kennedy Lakics pleaded guilty to second-degree murder – heat of passion in the death of 39-year-old Brandon Ford. He was facing a charge of first-degree murder after deliberation, which was dismissed.

Denver Police received a 911 call around 1 p.m. July 7 from security officers at a condominium complex in the 9700 block of E. Iliff Ave. reporting that shots were fired inside a residence that morning.

The security officers said they received information that an individual was dead inside the residence, DPD said.

A tactical team and crisis negotiators were called to the scene to assist, and as officers approached the residence, Lakics climbed out a back window of the unit and was detained without incident, according to police.

Officers went inside the unit and found Ford dead from a gunshot wound.

Police did not reveal the motive for the shooting but said that they believed Lakics and Ford knew each other.

Lakics is scheduled to be sentenced June 7.

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